After a few clears it is evident this is a completely different feel compared to previous versions. We now have a powerful and yet incredibly friendly racket that flows beautifully and hits so nice. Whilst I’m not a huge fan of the compact head as it has that “tight” feeling on impact, TK9900 plays so nice and I could easily be converted. This is like playing with an old friend.
Drop shots were really quick and controlled. There is a great, solid feeling on impact with the shuttle without an noticeable lag in the head from the weight. It’s nice to be able to open up with this racket without feeling restricted at all by a weighty beast that can only be wielded for short periods of time. I felt as though I could hit all day with Thruster K 9900, and that’s a huge compliment for this type of frame.
Onto the smash. Yes, this racket is powerful and my testing partner rifled a number past me with so much ferocity and accuracy. Whilst I don’t hit as hard, I still unleashed a number of big guns which kept me satisfied for the week. Even one or two off-centre shots stayed on course which really pleased me.
Flat drives and pushes were a lot more comfortable compared to other head heavy rackets with similar specs that I have tried. Again, I felt as though I could keep going rather than tire quickly due to the weight in the head. It’s another box ticked on this racket.